National Museum

Price EUR 5.5 Royal Route | Entrance: 5,5€
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National Museum

EUR 5.5 per person

national-museum-warsawThe National Museum is one of the largest and most valuable museums in Warsaw and Poland. It has a rich collection of paintings, sculptural monuments and small works of art.

Short description of the exhibition

T he National Museum in Warsaw stands as a pivotal cultural institution in Poland, displaying a vast collection of artworks spanning various epochs, styles, and mediums. Founded in 1862, the museum hosts more than 800,000 pieces, including paintings, sculptures, crafts, and ancient artifacts.

Guests can explore a remarkable array of Polish and European art, ranging from medieval religious paintings to Renaissance masterpieces and creations by renowned artists like Rembrandt, Rubens, and Bernini. The museum’s holdings also encompass Polish artworks from the 19th and 20th centuries, featuring prominent painters such as Jan Matejko, Józef Chełmoński, and Stanisław Wyspiański.

Special Exhibitions

Complementing its extensive permanent displays, the National Museum arranges temporary exhibitions, educational programs, and cultural events that enrich Warsaw’s dynamic art scene. With its abundant heritage and diverse array of artworks, the museum offers a captivating glimpse into Poland’s artistic legacy and the history of European art.

Outstanding Recognition

Naturally, the National Museum is included in our compilation of the Best Museums in Warsaw.

Why do we recommend this museum?

This museum holds a significant place on our esteemed list, being the city’s foremost institution. It carries a responsibility unlike any other, and under the guidance of its directors, the museum fulfills this responsibility admirably. The exhibitions are well-rounded, featuring high-quality captions that contribute to a substantial learning experience.

This assessment reflects our own viewpoint, and should circumstances change externally, we will reconsider the museum’s inclusion on our list. Thus far, the museum has consistently met the established standards.

A few hours dedicated to a visit are worthwhile, as there is a plethora of fascinating exhibits. The museum is renowned for its collection of paintings by both Polish and foreign artists.

Allocate some time during your visit, as there is truly an abundance of captivating displays. The museum is particularly celebrated for its collection of paintings showcasing the artistry of Polish and foreign artists. Among the most renowned and remarkable pieces is Jan Matejko’s “Battle of Tannenberg” from 1878, a colossal painting measuring 4.26 m x 9.98 m, prominently displayed at the museum’s conclusion.

Subject of the exhibition
Ancient and contemporary exhibition
Space and time
From ancient times to modern times - Poland, Europe and the world
In the Warsaw touristic area?
Yes | Near the Royal Route
Contact (Information)
+48 22 629 30 93 (landline)
Aleje Jerozolimskie 3, 00-495 Warszawa
How to get
BUS: Bus station "Foksal"
ON FOOT: It is a 15-minute walk from the Palace of Culture (city centre)
Opening hours
Tue - Thu + Sat + Sun | 10am - 6pm
Fri | 10am - 8pm
Last entrance
30 minutes before closing
In-house museum guide
Duration of visit
2-3 hours
Language of the descriptions
Polish | English
Payment method
Cash and card payment
The most famous painting in the museum - The Battle of Grunwald
Adrian Grycuk, CC BY-SA 3.0 PL, via Wikimedia Commons

Guided tour with us

We do not offer guided tours in this museum. You can only book in-house museum guides.

Admission prices

Free entrance (to permanent galleries)
25 PLN
10 PLN
Children, youth, students under 26
Group ticket (min. 10 people)
10 PLN / person
ISIC card
Warsaw Pass


The museum is located near the Royal Route, for which we have prepared a separate overview.

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